Money Wellness

Cost of living help

Financial support and money-saving tips to help with the cost of living.


Missed payments and defaults

A guide on missed payments and default - what happens, what you should do and where to get help

Buy now pay later – is it a safe way to borrow?

A guide looking at the pros and cons of buy now pay later and when it can cause problems

What you should do if you fall behind with your mortgage payments

A guide covering what is likely to happen if you fall behind with your mortgage payments, including the steps your lender must take and what you should do.

Financial help from your energy supplier

A guide to the grants being offered by energy suppliers to customers who are struggling to pay their bills.

Government cost-of-living help in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

A guide to the government cost-of-living support available in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, including who qualifies and how to apply.

Help to Save accounts – everything you need to know

How opening a Help to Save account can help boost your savings if you're on a low income, the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Benefits for carers

As a carer, you may be entitled to certain benefits. In this guide, we outline those benefits and explain if you’re eligible and how to apply.

Is an IVA worth it and right for me?

Find out when an IVA might be a suitable option for you, the benefits of an IVA and the things you need to bear in mind, as well as alternatives to an IVA.

How to go bankrupt

Find out the steps of how to go bankrupt, including filing for bankruptcy and what you’ll need to do once you’re declared bankrupt.

Can you pay an IVA off early?

If you receive an unexpected lump sum during your IVA, you may be able to use it to pay off your IVA early.

Money Wellness blogs

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cost of living

07 Dec 2023

TV licence fee to rise next year

The TV licence will increase by £10.50 from next April. find out what it means for you

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cost of living

05 Dec 2023

Help for families who can’t afford Christmas presents for the kids

Millions of households will struggle to afford Christmas presents this year. Here's a list of the charities and organisations who help make sure every child wakes up to a gift from Santa

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cost of living

05 Dec 2023

Households buying less veg because of cost of living pressures

Low-income families can’t afford to buy fresh vegetables due to huge price increases. Find out how to get cheap or free fruit and veg

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cost of living

05 Dec 2023

Inflation-linked TV licence fee increase could be blocked

£15 increase to the TV licence fee may be reduced due to cost-of-living squeeze

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cost of living

30 Nov 2023

Aldi to slash the price of 180 products for Christmas

Aldi brings the cheer this Christmas by reducing the price of its festive products to help with the cost of living

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cost of living

28 Nov 2023

Six top ways to reduce your food bills and still serve warming, heaty meals this winter

With temperatures dropping and food prices still high, here's our top money saving tips to make meals go further this winter

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cost of living

28 Nov 2023

Millions of Brits would struggle to pay for Christmas without buy now pay later

BNPL usage has soared over the past year and it looks like many families will be relying on it this year to help spread the cost of Christmas

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cost of living

28 Nov 2023

Climate change and energy crisis see food bills soar by £605

A new report has revealed the impact climate change and the energy crisis have had on food prices in Great Britain.

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cost of living

27 Nov 2023

Failure to extend household support fund ‘a huge disappointment’

The chief executive of children's charity Bernardo's has warned millions more are at risk of falling into destitution after the government failed to announce an extension of the household support fund in its autumn statement.

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